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One in four Britons hide stash of cash from their partner: Many admit keeping secret savings in case they decide to split up

  • Researchers found women have at least £2,768 hidden from their partner
  • Thirty one per cent are saving for a holiday 23 per cent in case they leave their partner
  • More than one in ten women have at least one account set up in their maiden name in order to keep things hidden

Nearly a quarter of British women are HIDING a considerable sum of cash from their husband or partner, according to research.

Researchers polled women and revealed the typical female has £2,768 either in cash or in a secret account that they are purposely keeping from their other half.

And while 31 per cent of women are squirrelling money away for an exotic holiday – more worryingly, 23 per cent are saving on the quiet in case they decide to leave their other half.

More than one in ten (12 per cent) women have at least one account set up in their maiden name in order to keep things hidden.

The Auto Europe survey revealed 13 per cent of ladies have even entrusted the help of their mum and dad to hide the cash for them and nearly one in twenty often give lump sums to their best friend to stash away.

Nearly one in ten have gone the extra mile to avoid suspicion and have even opened an off-shore account for their savings.

An Auto Europe spokesman said: ‘It is wise to have some savings set aside, but personal preference whether you want to share your finances with your other half or not.

‘However, it could seem one sided if one partner is openly sharing knowledge about their savings and investments and the other is slyly squirrelling away their money.

The poll found that 26 per cent of girls who have secret funds did have the audacity to feel guilty about it, but 16 per cent felt it couldn’t hurt to have some cash saved for a rainy day.

More than a quarter of the 1,500 women studied said it was vital to remain financially independent whether you were in a relationship or not.

However, a hypocritical 42 per cent said they would be furious if their partner had savings they weren’t aware of.

In contrast, 58 per cent of ladies said they would be thrilled if their partner announced he had a secret stash of his own.

A devious one in twenty said if they ever found cash in the house, they would just take it.

An Auto Europe spokesman said: ‘As a company that helps people to save money on car hire, we understand how important it is for everybody to have a saving aspiration.

‘Our research suggests that women in relationships show a determined effort to save for well-earned indulgences on their own.

‘From holidays to far-flung destinations without their partners to mini-breaks with friends, it seems that time away from their relationships is key to feeling a sense of freedom while remaining financially independent from one another.’

‘We might not be able help you with your relationship woes, but we can certainly offer you great savings on low cost car hire when it’s needed.

‘And with prices as low as £5 a day in the UK and £2 a day across Europe on car hire, we ensure that no matter what your savings aspirations are, you’ll always save with us.’